Letter from Senator Chambliss regarding Ramos and Campean
Thank you for contacting me regarding United States Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean . I appreciate hearing from you.
As you are aware, Agents Ramos and Compean surrendered to the U.S. Marshal’s office in El Paso, Texas, on January 17, 2007, to begin serving 11- and 12-year prison terms, respectively, for the convictions of assault with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, obstruction of justice, and a civil rights charge. Ramos and Compean have been ordered to remain in jail while they appeal their convictions.
On January 18, 2007, in an attempt to officially release the agents from their convictions and prison sentences, H.R. 563, the “Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act,” was introduced in the House of Representatives. Should this bill pass the House and reach the Senate for debate, I will keep your views in mind. Also, I have taken the liberty of forwarding your correspondence to the U.S. Department of Justice.
As always, I appreciate hearing from my constituents. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you in the future. In the meantime, if you would like to receive timely e-mail alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov .
Very truly yours,